Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, one of the most alluring actresses of the 20th century, died on Wednesday at age 79, her publicists said.
She died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles surrounded by her four children after having been hospitalized six weeks ago with congestive heart failure.
The double Oscar-winning actress had a long history of ill health and was being treated for symptoms of congestive heart failure.
Dame Elizabeth's most famous films included National Velvet, Cleopatra and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
She was equally well-known for her glamour and film partnership with Richard Burton, one of seven husbands.
In her prime, she was arguably one of the world's greatest actresses and most beautiful women.
Her colourful private life, screen success and Aids charity work ensured she was never far from the spotlight since finding fame at the age of 12.